Asia is about to get a little bit more overpopulated, following today’s announcement that the Duggars — the huge family from Arkansas who have become fan favorites in their TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting — will be visiting the continent in a three-part TLC special airing on the network in March. Titled 19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia, the special will follow the 25-strong Duggar family as they experience Japan and China, obviously cultures quite different from their own. Following these three specials, Season 7 of 19 Kids and Counting will begin on TLC April 2.
In 19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia: Tokyo, Japan, premiering March 12 at 9pm ET/PT on TLC, the Duggars make their first stop in Asia — Japan’s capital city of Tokyo. But before they even board the plane, they must wrangle their 40 suitcases from home to the airport. They spend their first morning abroad enjoying a traditional Japanese breakfast of soup, seaweed and seafood, and attempt to master chopsticks. They then embark on the crowded streets of Tokyo, trying out a little shopping and riding a rickshaw.
The next episode in 19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia, premiering March 19 at 9pm ET/PT, finds the Duggars in Kyoto, Japan, where the girls try on kimonos and traditional makeup, while the boys pick up swords for a samurai lesson. They also enjoy a nap at a capsule hotel.
The final episode of 19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia, on March 26 at 9pm ET/PT, is set in Beijing, China, where the Duggars struggle to navigate the city’s subway system and make it to Tiananmen Square, where they become a tourist attraction in their own right. They also visit the Great Wall of China and a local village, where Jim Bob shows off his haggling skills as the family collects souvenirs. On one of their final stops, the family visits an orphanage (where hopefully they won’t get any ideas of taking home an extra “souvenir” to add to their already crowded household of kids).
19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia airs March 12, March 19 and March 26 at 9pm ET/PT on TLC.
Season 7 of 19 Kids and Counting premieres April 2 on TLC.